WHATS UP SPECIAL ED?!?!?!?!?!
A couple years ago Yahoo! deemed week 10 to be "RIVALRY WEEK" for this here 10-team-league. The designation was probably confusing for DYM Readers since we have traditionally declared "RIVALRY WEEK" to be whatever week(s) Team DYM is matched up with The Commish (or more recently, Andy). But this year we have chosen to embrace the Yahoo! format because it just so happens that this week features maybe the most contentious matchup of 2021 Special Ed season -
THE SPECIAL ED SUPERBOWL REMATCH REMATCH!!!!!!!!!!
PLUS, all the other Special Ed Matchups this week are FIRE too:
The Commish vs His Cousin Andy
Two great SESB Champs facing off in 🗑 vs Sharon Ertz
Three-time SESB Champ Pauls Awesome Team fight to keep their season alive vs Tobin & The Rippers
A potential BARNBURNER between the Pickle Ricks!! and No and Then! with 250 total projected points!!!
Spoiler Alert: We're picking EVERY team that lost week 1 to get a REVENGE WIN this week. LETS GOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
This league was listless last week. From top-to-bottom, it was a week to forget. Only two teams are above room-temp this week and neither of them scored over 110 in week 9.
In each of the first 8 weeks of 2021 at least 2 teams in this league have scored over 130, this week the highest score in the league was 108. The league average score in week 9 was 96.59 - the first week with a league average under 100. But there may be a disturbing trend at work here. The Special Ed League average score has gone down every week since week 5. In week 5 our average score was 135, week 6 - 120, week 7 - 114, week 8 - 104. Pretty much every week since DYM latched on to our new "prioritize high-ADOT receivers" strategy offenses all over the NFL have collapsed. Within just the last week: The Jags shut down the Bills, The Dolphins shut down Baltimore, The Broncos "figured out" The Cowboys, and The Henry-less Titans took down the Rams in LA in primetime. And we can't blame it all on Quetzacoatl Season, cause even the mighty KC Chiefs have scored more than 2 TDs only once in the past month.
Earlier today on SiriusXM Fantasy Football Morning, fantasy analyst Wes Huber posited that many NFL defenses have become much less predictable over the past month - switching between man and zone coverages week-to-week - especially when facing elite passing offenses. The result has been a drastic decline in passing efficiency and volume league-wide, and "outside receivers" have borne the brunt of the impact of these recent defensive adjustments.
Our only hope now is that the offensive masterminds that changed the NFL landscape over the last half-decade can reinvent their teams again on-the-fly this season. Call us crazy but we still think they've got a chance.
If nothing else, the more we think about it, we're kinda glad Tarot Player of the Week is a road underdog defense.
MISS CLEOS PLAYER OF THE WEEK!!!!!!!!!!
Miss Cleo's Prop Bet Record: 4-5
FOOD BEEF VI: BURGERS
This Week: WAVERLY DINER
Waverly was scheduled to be the second stop on our tour back in week 5 but they were closed when we went down there, so they got bumped back to week 10. We went down there again today in the early afternoon and they closed early
We've been to Waverly a few times for a last minute breakfast sandwich on the way to the train and we've never seen more than 2 other people in there at any given time. We guess they probably close early a lot when nobody comes through for lunch.
One might wonder how a joint like this can stay in operation in a high-rent-town like Madison. But one thing we know about New Jersey is you ought to never wonder that kinda thing out loud, it's probably none of your business.
BURGER SCORE: 0 (DNP)
SPECIAL ED RIVALRY WEEK MATCHUPS!!!!!!!!!!
This is the third time PHP has matched up with DYM in the week 10 "Rivalry" slate. DYM has dominated PHP over the last decade, winning 10 of 13 matchups. Although the freshest one in our memory is PHP's 145-114 drubbing of Team DYM back in week one of this season. Since then PHP have continued to roll through the league - they're 7-2 and the highest scoring team in Special Ed.
But there could be trouble afoot for PHP: They also have faced the easiest schedule in the league with their opponents scoring a measly 102 points per game. This could be PHP's toughest test so far. They're dealing with more byes and injuries than they have all year. Cooks and Edmonds are on bye but Edmonds is probably going on IR anyway, Derrick Henry is already on IR, and Chris Godwin is now a "gametime decision" after missing the whole week of practice. PHP only has one player available on the bench - and it's one of our all-time least favorite players, Adam Thielen.
Meanwhile, Team DYM has a full roster of healthy players available and they've made an incredible 8 roster moves in the last 5 days. DYM wants this win BAD, and we're pullin out all the stops. We're big underdogs so we're gonna have to be both lucky AND good, but we think we're set up pretty nicely. We snagged Singletary as soon as Moss went down last Sunday, if Moss is still in protocol this weekend we'll have 3 RBs with green-light matchups. Our fourth RB is just happy to be here after missing week 9 with a bum foot, but that's cool. We're going heavy on Bills vs NYJ and, just to be safe, we dropped all our Dolphins and Patriots. We got this.
MARSHAWN LUNCH WINS!!!!!!!!!!
About 24 hours ago we woulda had a real hard time picking PAT against the first place Rippers. Paul's gonna be without Chubb and most like